Dominic is always trying to catch up to his big brothers, something I fear he’ll be doing for the rest of his life. Poor kid. Anyway. Back when he was just turning 1, I went to give him a bath and when I took off his diaper, he scurried over to the toilet and peed on the floor right in front of it. He obviously knew that was where you do your business.
Some moms in my due date club suggested I start putting him on the potty, but I figured he was too little still. How would he understand the concept of not going in his pants and using a toilet? So I put it off.
He wakes up every morning and makes a dirty diaper around 4 am. Irving suggested we bring in the potty and get him on it nice and early. I wasn’t sure, but he went ahead and washed up the old one that the boys supposedly used (but never really did) and showed it to Dominic. The little guy got VERY excited and so we put him on it and he promptly peed.
One day, not long ago, Dominic came outside, carrying his diaper, which he’d taken off. He dropped it in the garbage bin and when I went to put another on him, he said, “No!” Okay . . . I left him diaperless and we put him on the potty every 20 minutes or so. He went three times before he had an accident, about two seconds before we were going to put him on again.
Since then, he’s regularly without a diaper for at least half the day and has even graduated to pooping in the potty. I don’t even know what to do with a 15 month old who is essentially training himself! My other kids were SO hard to train and we ended up using some pretty insane techniques to get Dante to do anything but pee in the toilet. Not even chocolate worked for those boys!
I guess I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth and should just be happy and enjoy the fact that I may actually have a diaper free household within then next 6 months. Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t even imagine that!